snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very clear and deep amber color, with lots of fluffy off white head. Very malty, with a little bit of hop bitterness.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another fine beer in the English style. Great copper colour and a good toasty nose of malt and English hops. the balance is great and the taste rich and mouthfilling.
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Nice amber color. Compared to American pale ales (which I'm more used to) this is very sweet, rich, and malty, with a flavor of caramel & a dash of honey. Not as hoppy as I expected, but still very good.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
nothing extra, nothing special, not very bitter, pretty disappointing since I'm a big fan of Fullers. will get another and rerate, because maybe this batch was bad.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Low carbonation, thin head, and bronze color. Pleasant malty smell and faint hop aroma. Moderate hop spiciness that leads to a subtle bitter aftertaste. This is a decent session brew and an excellent gateway to introduce neophites to good beer (ditto for the London Porter).
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is pretty mild, but actually tastes good though not much hoppiness at all. Malty with OK but not great carbonation. Poured with nice head which evaporated quickly with no lacing to speak of.
Definitely worth a try if you're in the mood for something not so "pilsner-like"
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is amber, with a off-white fluffy, foamy head about two fingers high. Left some patches of lace. Smells of strong floral hops, very bitter sweet. Also has a honeyish note and yeast-like notes. The taste is a nice bitter hop, very crisp and sharp, somewhat citrusy and a light yeasty malt that rounds out with a small honey-like hint finishing a mostly medium to light bodied feel and a tight dryness. There's alot of bitterness to this and alot of punch. Very indicitive to the style. This can be a very drinkable beer but the 5.9% sneaks up on you soon after taking many swigs. Which is easy to do, cuz this stuff is pretty darn smooth for being pretty darn bitter.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma.. a little sweetness and banana peel. Medium head, goes away quickly. Rich malty taste with a large bodied mouthfeel, and of course just the right amount of bitter. Although I prefer an American Pale to an ESB this is a benchmark ESB.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a superior ale that has been in my opinion a most consistent one. I used to drink this one hand-pulled in an English pub years ago, and the bottled version is nearly as good. Super clear amber with a frothy head. Aroma is outstanding, sweet, hoppy and malty all at once. Boy is this ale balanced! Smooth and full bodied with an incredible mixture of English hops that bitter so tenderly. Malt is sweet and fresh providing a perfect counter to all of the English hops. The original and in my opinion the best ESB out there.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich amber color. Bready, toasty malt aromas with generous hop notes. Follows through with caramel malt and toffee notes that give way to rich hop flavors. Delicious and assertive.